What is Counselling?

Life is a challenge and sometimes can be stressful and hard to cope with. At times like these, even talking to family and close friends seems to be a waste of time, or doesn’t get you anywhere and sometimes even seems to make things worse.

It is at this point counselling can help you. Counselling offers you a therapeutic space and a relationship where you can explore your life and your innermost feelings. 

Contrary to popular belief, no one can actually be ‘sent’ for counselling. So, if you see your GP and they suggest that counselling might help or be of benefit to you, please remember that it is you who ultimately makes the decision to see the counsellor.

Counselling is a talking therapy. This means that (normally) two people sit together in a private and confidential setting. Here you will feel safe enough to talk about the things that are bothering you. It is a place where you can explore any difficulty or distress you are experiencing, or perhaps examine any dissatisfaction you may have with your life or a loss of a sense of direction and purpose in your life.

It is a choice that you make for yourself, and as such, it is the first step on the path that you are choosing for yourself.

It is important to bear in mind that counselling can be hard work, and someone seeking to change their life needs to be aware of this from the outset. 

I can work with you on a range of challenges including the following areas;

  • Abortion
  • Abuse- Emotional, Physical, Sexual, Domestic
  • Adolescence
  • Adoption
  • Ageing and related issues
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertivness/Self-confidence/Self esteem
  • Bereavement/loss- pre and post
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Carers
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce and separation
  • Eating disorders
  • Family
  • Financial difficulties
  • Gender identity
  • Generally unhappy with your life
  • Illness and dying
  • Mindfulness
  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality identity
  • Shyness/social Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Trauma
  • Violence/victim support
  • Young people and children
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